Aug 03 2007
I jumped the gun on assuming our BC prosecutors were finally going to take action against a polygamists sect living in their own little version of paradise not far from Vancouver. Not gonna happen.
In fairness, it has already been years since anyone in the media started really paying attention to the issue. I can’t be the only wild-eyed optimist out there.
We have had a law against polygamy since 1892. But prosecutors are reluctant to press charges against the people of Bountiful, BC, fearing they might run into a conflict with the Canadian Charter right of religious freedom.
I’m not sure where our prosecutors went to law school, but there’s really a simple way around the problem: don’t charge the accused of breaking our polygamy laws.
Frankly, if fully-grown, non-brainwashed adults were voluntarily consenting to church-blessed perpetual threesomes, I could care less.
But the allegations are that the adults are indoctrinating their young and marrying off brainwashed young female teenagers with senior church members, thereby facilitating and institutionalizing abusive relationships. We do have laws against that sort of thing.
If the rumors about Bountiful are true, the authorities have already waited too long. To paraphrase Homer Simpson, that isn’t Canada… That’s not even Utah.